5 Minute Interview with Ronnie McGhie

How and why did you get involved with Irvine Beat FM? : I have been involved in radio from 1975, from the early days of Radio Clyde to Hospital Radio, both in Glasgow and Irvine. I took a break to earn some money then I found myself involved in Community Radio with 3TFM in Saltcoats. From there I got involved with Irvine Beat FM. This is where I want to be! I have always been a radio junkie! You know you are going to get involved in the radio industry, when you find the jingles & promos far more interesting than the music!

What are your favourite types of music? : Rock, Singer-songwriter & Prog!

Name your favourite artist(s) : Simple Minds, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Mostly Autumn, Panic Room, Magenta, Deacon Blue, Moody Blues…& too many more to mention!

Name your favourite album(s) : “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” by David Bowie

Name a song that makes you hit “Repeat” when you listen to it : David Guetta & Sia: “Titanium” (shocked you there!)

Name a song you can’t help singing along to : Bryan Adams: “Summer of ’69”

Favourite novelty song : The Sweet – “Little Willy”

Which, if any, musical instruments can you play? : None…totally talentless!

Can you sing? If so, what’s your Karaoke favourite? : Canny sing to save myself. Though, I did end up on stage singing with John Mellancamp in Glasgow and I was not too bad. You Tube never lies!

What do you love about Irvine? : The Harbour Arts Centre

Best view(point) in Irvine? : A lovely day down at the harbour side!

If someone visits Irvine for the first time, where MUST they go? : The harbour side!

What’s your favourite breakfast? : Scrambled egg roll!

What’s your favourite dinner? : Steak & chips

What’s your favourite biscuit? : A custard cream

If it’s my round, what drink should I get you? : Bottle of Peroni.

If you have a day off and some cash in your pocket, what would you do? : Head up to Glasgow’s west end to chill in some of the nice bars!

When did you last have a lie-in? : Far too long ago!

What are the last three things you bought? : Futurama season 6 blu-ray, half pound of roast lamb & breakfast!

Do you play any sport? : No…totally talentless…again!

Have you met anybody famous? : I have had the pleasure of being in the company of some pop / rock stars. Some are a pleasure to talk to, some are not!

Who was your favourite interviewee? : A group of parents who all have children on the autistic spectrum. They formed a club to help each other. It was a fascinating interview where I learned so much.

Who would you most like to interview? : Jim Kerr of Simple Minds.

Favourite film? : Local Hero.

Favourite Book? : Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Do you look like any celebrities? : Oh no!

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